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The sound of success for Wolfson

  • 30 July 2006
The sound of success for Wolfson

Wolfson Microelectronics is an excellent example of the emergence of a successful technology company that grew to become a global player in the manufacture of semiconductor components for the digital consumer market.

Wolfson Microelectronics plc is a leading global provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductors to the consumer electronics market. Headquartered in Edinburgh and renowned internationally for its high performance audio and ultra low power consumption products, Wolfson delivers the audio and imaging technology at the heart of some of the world’s most successful digital consumer goods. 

Wolfson spun out of the University of Edinburgh in 1984 as an analogue/mixed signal design house. During the first ten years, they developed their skills in the design, layout and test engineering of mixed signal interface circuits. This is a world class Wolfson core expertise that continues to be refreshed through ongoing R&D and its close relationships with Scottish universities.

In 1995 the company made a strategic decision to reinvent itself as a supplier of integrated circuits to end customers. What followed was a metamorphosis from being a narrowly focused engineering company to being a supplier with a strategy to become a global provider of high value differentiated mixed-signal products for the digital revolution.

2003 was perhaps the most significant year to date in the history of the company as this was the year of its flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Revenues doubled over the course of the year and the company opened new offices around the world. In recent years, Wolfson has gone from strength to strength and is now a global company with almost 300 staff based in 12 offices worldwide.

The digital consumer market is a 21st century success story, thanks to innovators like Wolfson. The company’s portfolio of mixed-signal semiconductors generate outstanding sound quality and increased performance for a whole host of exciting devices, including MP3 players, mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, DVD players and high-end audio systems.

Driven by a passion for engineering, and a thirst for innovation, Wolfson aims to be at the forefront of industry thinking. Today, we see the results of Dr David Milne’s vision; a company capable of delivering high quality products to the world’s leading consumer electronic companies.

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